Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Surround yourself with those that make you happy xx


It's not often I get totally bowled over by a paper collection...however this release from Kaisercraft has most certainly done the job! It's called Indigo Skies, is truly beautiful and combines stunning butterflies, soft denim, white washed woods, marbled stormy hues amongst other things. This collection is perfect for scrapping the girls...or the boys! And I couldn't wait to get playing!


I used a sheet of blue cardstock for the back frame of the layout, then trimmed a couple of thin strips off a sheet of white cardstock. I spritzed a little misting of Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue and drew lightly in pencil round a tea plate to give me the outline of a circle to follow to create my wreath on the page.

I had chosen our Christmas Day 2016  Family Selfie to use on the layout and printed it in black and white as I felt this sat better amongst the blue tones and on the white ( I plan using the same pic in colour on some Christmas papers at some point)



Next it was time to cut out lots of bits and pieces to create the wreath.
So I chose 3 sheets of the papers to use. The butterflies are on the Chambray sheet and compliment the flowers on the Misty sheet perfectly. I also cut up some sayings from the Blue Moon sheet too. I stuck the various items down following the pencil outline as a guide, overlapping some areas and folding the wings back on the butterflies to give dimension.
I also popped on some sequins ( one of my favourite embellishments at the moment!)



I chose a wooden title saying Family that I found in my stash which I was going to paint, but I wanted a really deep sheen finish and decided to use some Gilding Flakes instead in Silver, this gave a really pretty finish. Some little flat backed crystals on the butterfly bodies finished the layout off perfectly without over doing the glitz!
Gosh, have I mentioned just HOW much I love this collection!!!




As I had cut out a few extra bits and pieces and had some left over I thought I would throw together a 2nd layout super quickly....so out came the spray inks again.....


I absolutely LOVE these butterflies.....so pretty!


And that Chambray paper.....well it just looks like someone has torn a pair of jeans up.
I LOVE it!

Do yourself a favour and pop some of these beauties in your basket when you are next in the shop or online, they are just so lovely to scrap with.
Later on this month i will be back with some cards I have made using the same collection.
Til then, Happy Scrapping!!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx


Monday, 22 May 2017

My Heart is Full......Kaisercraft wildflowers prt 2.

Hi There, today I am here with my final post for May ( How DID we get to the end of May already this year??)
I would like to apologise for the low quality of the photo's, due to camera issues I have had to use my phone for this post. And for some reason the layout looks lopsided and crooked in places in the pics...I promise it really isn't though ;)

Not sure if you have seen the delightful Wildflower Collection by Kaisercraft yet or not, but if you haven't, do yourself a favour and pop over to the shop. It's really beautiful and such a pleasure to work with, with its delicate palette of colour and soft watercolour designs....what's not to like?




I used the reverse side of a sheet of Vines for my layout, which although very pretty as it was, I decided I couldn't just leave it alone!


So I used a 12 x 12 Stencil and some Texture paste and created a little bit of dimension. I then dribbled and splattered some Cosmic Shimmer Mists in various areas and blew through a straw to create runs of gentle colour (some of which drizzled into the texture paste).



I used a couple of aqua toned small doilies to mat the photo of my youngest daughter when she was a cheeky wee nipper! I then made a cluster of paper blossoms and leaves and added a sprinkle of sequins and crystals.






I absolutely LOVE using sequins on my layouts, I think they are one of my favourite embellishments. I like to liberally sprinkle them about, but i also love to pile a huge cluster on sometimes with a good size dollop of glue! So for this page I made an oversized photo corner and generously piled them up!



I cut a couple of over sized flowers out from a sheet of In Bloom  and embellished the stamens with some AB crystals which sparkle and capture the light beautifully.



The sheet of Wings is covered with multi-coloured butterflies and I cut out a couple that blended in well with the page.



I finished the page by adding a quote cut from a sheet of Gathered 
and sprinkling a few more sequins and crystals .....and then I made myself stop ha ha!



I really enjoyed creating this layout, I feel like my creative mojo may well be coming back to me again....well I hope so anyway! Enjoy whats left of May and I will see you again in June.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Words to live by.....Wildfowers by Kaisercraft

Hello....
I am over on the Scrap,Paper,Scissors blog today and I would like to share with you a layout I have made using the delightful Wildflower collection from Kaisercraft ...a range of beautiful papers, combining watercolour prints in a beautiful pastel colour palette.....with the added beauty of soft florals and delicate butterflies.


The designs are very soft and although pastel, also have little twists of citrus tones in patches which work really well. I matted all the elements with black cardstock to really make then *pop* and create dimension without too much added actual *depth*



I often prefer to scrap using black and white photo's and today was no exception....although these papers would carry a coloured photo well, I really felt that black and white would sit best on there and I chose a photo of our youngest daughter, taken on a family holiday in 2010. I still look at it and wonder just what she was thinking as she stared at the camera.




I used a sheet of  Spring and trimmed a thin slice from 2 sides, I then popped this onto a sheet of Raven Bazill to create a frame all round.



I cut some flowers and different shaped panels from a sheet of  In Bloom and then also matted these onto black cardstock, I also did the same for the quotes that were taken from a sheet of  Gathered and I popped the photo onto a black mat.



 I layered the various panels and then took the sheet of  Wings, cutting out several butterflies. These were then adhered to the page to look like they were gently fluttering past and finished off with a delicate sprinklng of Stickles to make the wings glisten.



This really is a truly beautiful collection from Kaisercraft and will cover a range of subjects I think. After suffering from a total lack of mojo of late this actually came out rather nice and I am really quite pleased with it.

Thanks for looking and I would like to wish you all a super weekend.
Warmest wishes
Anita x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Prom Night.......with Prima Rossibelle.

Hi Again,

I am over on the Papermaze blog and this is my last DT offering for March.
 Last summer it was our youngest daughter's year 11 Prom, such a beautiful evening, full of stunning dresses, sparkly heels, tiara's and of course arriving in magnificent cars!

When I saw the Rossibelle Collection I just fell in love with it....very pretty with the floral designs, but so striking and majestic with the Rose Gold Foil accents and highlights. So I knew that's what I had to use for a prom layout.
Chloe's dress was navy blue and I chose to have a few photos of the evening printed in black and white. I also felt that worked better with this paper range too.


I used a sheet of Nostalgic for the base of the layout and then took a sheet of the beautiful and heavily foiled Notes and Scribbles. This is an absolutely stunning sheet and the foiling is really luxurious. Before anything else i took a peice of bubble wrap and gently sponged some ivory acrylic paint onto it in various places. I absolutely LOVE to use bubble wrap for stamping with, I prefer it to actual stamps because I like that I can change the pressure in different places for different effects, also by popping a few random bubbles can completely change the end result too!
After the paint dried I then repeated the process in some patches using a metallic coppery/gold paint, I re-stamped over small patches of the ivory.
I then trimmed roughly 8mm off of one side of the sheet and the same off of the top of the sheet, this allows a border of the base sheet (Nostalgic) of the layout to show and create a framing effect.

 

After trimming I cut a fairly large square from the centre of the sheet and then roughed up the the inner and outer edges. You can use a distresser if you have one....I don't own one however and just like to pick at mine til I acheive an effect I am happy with.


I took the 3rd and final sheet which is called Vintage Memories This had various elements on it that I fussy cut out. One I used as a partial photo mat and the others I raised on 3d foam pads and arranged around the layout in various places.


Using some of the left over scraps I die cut out some swirls and added those to the layout and then popped on 3 paper and bead blossoms from the Rossibelle range.....the perfect finishing touch.


This collection is truly beautiful, even more so when you see it in the flesh. It's such a shame I couldn't capture this properly in the photo's but I just know that if you treat yourself to a few sheets at some point you will be glad you did.

 Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Beautiful memories......Cherry Tree Lane by Kaisercraft.


Hi There,
 I have made a layout this time with the rest of the Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane papers. Such beautiful, vintagey colours and patterns and a real pleasure to create with. I decided to use a wedding photo of my Dear Mum with her Daddy, from way back in 1966.


I based the entire layout on a sheet of Kraft cardstock and then laid a sheet of Quill over it, which I distressed the edges on. The photo was a little over a 5 x 7 and I decided to cut an oval aperture for it to sit in. I cut the oval a bit smaller than the photo and then snipped and rolled back several sections to create a curled frame.


 I used a script stencil and added some Texture paste..... unfortunately this just didn't work very well and was rather blobby in patches which is a great shame. But hey ho....never one to be beaten by a crafting product, I just got out some Cosmic Shimmer spray in Gold and sprayed and splattered across the page ( this made me feel a bit better!)

A length of cotton lace was fixed across the whole width of the layout and I then
 took the sheet of  Telegraph and a sheet of Correspondance and cut lots of elements out which I scattered in various place about the page.



By layering up the flowers and letters/ephemara etc it adds a little texture and depth but without adding bulk.


I fnished the page by adding some small pearly swirls, teeny blossoms and a lovely chipboard title (from my stash). I think the Cherry tree Lane collection is absolutely beautiful and you can find it HERE in the shop, along with lots of other Kaisercraft Collections

Anita xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Naturally Beautiful.....Cherry Tree Lane.

  Hello There, this is my first attempt at making a decorated book.
 I have been working with Kaisercraft's beautiful Cherry Tree Lane Collection which has a wonderful vintage feel to it and combines with the age old art of letter writing, sending telegrams and old fashioned typewriters plus natures finest blossoms. This really is such a pretty collection!



I started with an old book that I had bought from a boot sale back in the summer and leaving the very first and last page out, I folded back 2 pages at a time, folded in half to the centre of the book. I carried this on right throughout the book and then gently inked the edges with an old ink pad.I also stuck the first and last pages down flat onto the front and back inside covers of the book.


Next I set about cutting pretty elements out from a sheet of Cherry Tree Lane - Letters (perforated) 
This is a heavier weight than the standard sheets and is indeed perforated into several sections 
                                   


I used the floral elements at the top and bottom of the book on alternate sides and then tucked various other letters, postcards and other ephemera in various places.
I used a sheet of Cherry Tree Lane - Leather to make a couple of Rolled Roses, you can see a youtube tutorial here 
and then added a few other paper flowers, along with some scattered punched out sprigs.



And to finish it all off I also added some wooden buttons and some pearly swirls, lace and and a pearly spray. I really quite enjoyed creating this, so I will probably try another one sometime with another collection.

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

So Happy Together .......A boxed frame with Simple Stories.

 Before Christmas I bought a few sheets of one of the recent Simple Stories collections, Love and Adore....they are really vibrant and rather funky!


I have got some of the sheets put by for creating a class I have got in mind, but I wanted to make an extra Christmas present for my Daughter and her Fiance and this Collection was perfect for it.



I bought an 8 x 8 box frame and some Scrabble letter tiles and just picked out a few crystal embellishments from my stash to use.



I covered the back of the frame using a sheet of  Hello Beautiful.
The black background is covered with a mass of teeny tiny brightly coloured hearts and I felt this worked perfectly to combine with the letter tiles.



I started off by picking out all the letter tiles I needed to complete the words I wanted to create and set upon linking them all together. When I had them how I want them I them transferred them to the frame and stuck them all down.


I also had a sheet of 3 x 4 Journalling Card Elements, there are many different little panels and bits that can be cut up, so I picked the panel I liked which I stuck in the top left hand side of the frame and also cut a few teeny hearts, which I raised on foam pads and added under the tiles.


I then just popped on a few crystals in random places to finish it off.
I was delighted on Christmas Day when they opened it and said how much they liked it!


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Snow Day

I am over on the Papermaze blog at the moment with my latest page.
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Hello Again
 It's Anita....and here is my last offering using the Winter Wonderland Collection from Simple Stories.



Many collections from various manufacturers have a sheet or 2 of woodgrain paper within it and this collection is no exception. I really like woodgrain and I think it leans itself well to scrapping various different themes on. For this page I decided to team together a sheet of Wonderland  and a sheet of Blizzard together for the base of the layout.




I trimmed about a centimetre from the top side and the left hand side of the Wonderland sheet and gutted the centre square out of it, I then roughed up the edges all the way round to create a more rugged and distressed appearance. This was then stuck down onto the Blizzard sheet, leaving an even border all the way round.




I then chopped up bits and bobs from one of the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements
and combined it with some stickers from the Combo Cardstock Sticker Sheet.



I also layered in some elements from the lovely choice of die cuts in the Bits and Pieces selection bag, this includes the SNOW DAY title.


This really has been a lovely collection to work with and I would highy recommend it for all your wintery or snowy layouts.

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx